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5 Ways to Enjoy Outdoor Cooking this Summer

5 Ways to Enjoy Outdoor Cooking this Summer

Whether you are a seasoned chef or looking to find some new ways to make your cooking routine more fun, preparing food outdoors is a great way to get some sunshine, try new dishes, and connect with family and friends.


At the Open Door Kitchen we believe everything is better outdoors, especially food.


In this article we will discuss five ways you discuss how you can take your cooking outside.


Get your grill on.


Nothing says summer like the grill! Whether you heat up your grill in the backyard or bring a portable BBQ to the beach or outside of a football game, grilling is a fun way to enjoy cooking while socializing with friends at the same time. Plus, you’ll probably get some delicious food out of it!


Here are some of our favorite grilling ideas:

  • Meat skewers
  • Burgers and hot dogs
  • Grilled vegetables and fruits
  • Steaks


Invest in a wood oven


Looking for a beautiful and tasty way to upgrade your backyard? Consider a wood oven. These beautiful cooking appliances are for far more than delicious, fresh pizzas, you can also make roasted vegetables, fresh bread, tender meat, fish, flat breads, and so many more dishes that are sure to WOW your guests.


Skip the trip to Italy and enjoy an explosion of flavor in your backyard with family and friends.


Slow Cook to Perfection


While you might think of your slow cooker as the thing to use for winter comfort foods like soup, it is just as useful for summer! How about this BBQ pulled pork for an easy dinner you can enjoy on the patio with the family? Sounds like a perfect summer night to us.


Have a bonfire


Gather around the fire for food and fun. Whether you have a firepit in your backyard, make a campfire, or head to the beach for a bonfire, you can make a lot more than just smores with a bonfire.

Some delicious bonfire foods include hotdogs, kebabs, fruit, corn on the cob, and potatoes.


Enjoy a picnic

We think a picnic is a perfect way to enjoy the sunshine with the people you love. Pack your favorite cold cuts, snacks, some drinks, and enjoy! A simple activity that is delicious and fun.


Don’t Forget to Protect Your Utensils


While we love summer and the outdoors, with the warmth comes bugs who love to snack on your food just as much as you do! Enjoy your meals without having to worry about bugs, dirt, or other environmental factors dirtying your delicious food with our products designed to keep your dishes protected.


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How to Enjoy Outdoor Cooking Pest Free!

How to Enjoy Outdoor Cooking Pest Free!

Warmer weather is here(yay!) and while that means more time outside and with friends, it also means that pesky flies, mosquitos, and other bugs who are keen to nibble on your food are out and about. (EWWW!!!)


In this article we will give you some expert tips and tricks so you can enjoy your spring and summer cookouts without having to worry about bugs! Enjoy your food with confidence!


Produce is for more than eating!

Did you know that you can use your fruits and vegetables for far more than just snacking during your outdoor picnic?

Here are some ways you can use natural produce or produce-derivitives to keep bugs at bay:

  1. Garlic: While garlic is often touted as the go-to for keeping vampires away, it doesn’t get the attention it deserves for keeping the bugs away! If you’re looking for a natural way to keep bugs off your skin, simply rub a slice of garlic on areas you’re prone to getting bit.
  2. Vinegar: Rubbing vinegar on your skin or tablecloth is a powerful way to deter bugs like gnats from ruining your picnic.
  3. Citrus: Want to smell fresh and keep the bugs away? A fresh squeeze of lemon or orange will do the trick. 


Plant your pesticides

Eating in your own garden often? Make your garden work to your advantage by planting crops that keep frequent pests away. Some plants that are known to work well at keeping bugs away include garlic, mint, and rosemary.

BONUS: You can use them in your cooking and in yummy, fresh summer drinks!


Fan away intruders!

A portable fan is a smart and simple way to keep yourself cool during the hot months AND naturally keep bugs away from your precious food.


Skip the sweets and fragrances


Insects are attracted to sweet and sticky foods like candy, juice, melon, and other summer treats. Leave the sweets for home and enjoy other delectable treats like sandwiches, fresh veggies, pasta salad, and wraps outdoors.


Similarly, insects have a hard time differentiating between sweet foods and perfumes. If you know you are going to be dining outdoors, skip sweet-smelling fragrances.


Cover up your goodies!

Bugs still a problem? Looking for a more straight forward solution? Being prepared with your outdoor cookware and utensils is the best way to make sure that bugs can’t touch your food. Covering your dishes and serving utensils ensures that your food stays clean and pest-free!


Our products, such as the SureCover, are designed specifically for events like outdoor BBQs, picnics, tailgating, and catering—and meant to keep bugs at bay.


Shop today on our website or on Amazon!